Office-Holders in Modern Britain: Volume 8, Foreign Office Officials 1782-1870. Originally published by University of London, London, 1979.
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Private Secretaries to Secretary of State 1795-1870
The office of Private Secretary to the Secretary of State first acquired official standing in 1795 when a salary of £300 was made available to its holder. (fn. 1) Before 1824 only Planta held the office while serving as a Clerk on the establishment. Thereafter Clerks frequently held the office. (fn. 2)
At various times an Assistant Private Secretary held office, usually without salary. In the years 1808-9 and 1826-7 a salary of £150, payable out of the contingent fund, was made available to the Assistant Private Secretary. (fn. 3)